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Áine Regan

Research Officer

Research Interests

Áine Regan works as a Research Officer in Behavioural & Social Science with Teagasc. She works in the areas of behaviour change, and science and risk governance in the agri-food sector. Aine has a Masters in Health Psychology and a PhD specialising in risk communication in food and agriculture. Áine previously worked in UCD and the University of Ottawa in Canada before joining Teagasc in 2015. Research areas include:

  • Design and governance of digital technologies in the agri-food sector
  • OneHealth and antimicrobial resistance in agriculture
  • Public perception of food and farming and related consumer behaviour

Current Projects

  • 2021-2025 (Teagasc): Antimicrobial use on farms: a multi-actor, user-centered approach to measuring and changing behaviour (AMU-FARM).
  • 2020-2022 (DAFM): Digitalisation in agriculture and forestry through data security (AgriDiscrete).
  • 2020-2024 (Teagasc): Smart Farming in Ireland: a user-centred approach to understanding farmers’ engagement with digital technologies.
  • 2019-2022 (EU H2020): A New Integrated Administration and Control System Vision in Action (NIVA).
  • 2018-2023 (EU H2020): Farm Advisory digital Innovation tools Realised and Shared (FAIRshare).

Education

2010-2014: PhD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Population Science, University College Dublin

2009-2010: MSc Health Psychology, NUI Galway

2006-2009: BA (Hons.) Psychology, NUI Galway

  • Huey, S., Kavanagh, M., Regan, Á., Dean, M., McKernan, C., McCoy, F., Ryan, E., Caballero-Villalobos, J., & McAloon, C. (2021). Engaging with selective dry cow therapy: understanding the barriers and facilitators perceived by Irish farmers. Irish Veterinary Journal, in press. 
  • Regan, Á. & Burrell, A. (2021). Communication innovation supports vet’s role in driving change in animal health management. Veterinary Ireland Journal, 11(7): 407-409.
  • Regan, Á., Sweeney, S., McKernan, C., Benson, T., Hyland, J., & Dean, M. (2021). The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Food Consumers' Awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance, OneHealth, and Animal Welfare Information on Food Labels. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8: 678509.
  • Regan, Á., Clifford, S., Burrell, A.M.G., Balaine, L., & Dillon, E. (2021). Exploring the relationship between mastitis risk perception and farmers’ readiness to engage in milk recording. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 193: 105393.
  • Shan, L. C., Li, C., Yu, Z., Regan, Á., Lu, T., & Wall, P. (2021). Consumer perceptions on the origin of infant formula: a survey with urban Chinese mothers. Journal of Dairy Research, 88(2): 226-237.
  • Regan, Á. (2021). Exploring the readiness of publicly funded researchers to practice responsible research and innovation in digital agriculture. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 8(1): 28-47.
  • Kenny, U. & Regan, Á. (2021). Co-designing a smartphone app for and with farmers: Empathising with end users’ values and needs. Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 148-160. 
  • Regan, Á., Douglas, J., Maher, J., & O’Dwyer, T. (2021). Exploring farmers’ decisions to engage in grass measurement on dairy farms in Ireland. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 27(3): 355-380.
  • Kenny, U., Hearne, D., O’Meara, C., & Regan, Á. (2021). Empathising, Defining and Ideating with the farming community to develop a geotagged photo app for smart devices: A Design Thinking Approach. Agricultural Systems, 194: 103248.
  • Regan, Á. & Henchion, M. (2020). Social media and academic identity in food research. British Food Journal, 122, 944-956. 
  • Chena, S., Liran Shan, L. C., Tao, W., Lu, T., Regan, Á., Han, H., Guo, L., Deng, T., & Wall, P. (2020) A survey of Chinese consumers’ knowledge, beliefs and behavioural intentions regarding salt intake and salt reduction. Public Health Nutrition, 23(8), 1450-1459.
  • Regan, Á. (2019). ‘Smart farming’ in Ireland: A risk perception study with key governance actors. NJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences, 90-91, 100292.
  • Regan, Á. Henchion, M., & McIntyre, B. (2018). Ethical, moral and social dimensions in farm production practices: A segmentation study to assess Irish consumers’ perceptions of meat quality. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 57, 9-14.